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Join Angeline Boulley, celebrated YA author and enrolled member of the Ojibwe community, for a virtual conversation as part of the University at Albany School of Education’s “One School One Read” initiative.

The featured book is Boulley’s bestselling 2021 debut novel, The Firekeeper’s Daughter, the story of a young Ojibwe woman, newly in love and college-bound, who must put her dreams on hold after the FBI pressures her to be an informant in the investigation of a local drug ring.TIME magazine named it a “Best YA Book of All TIME.”

Her newest novel is Warrior Girl Unearthed (2023), a gripping follow-up to Firekeeper's Daughter. 

Angeline Boulley

4 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Virtual Author Event

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AngelineBoulley Photo credit: Marcella Hadden

(Photo credit: Marcella Hadden)

About Firekeeper's Daughter 

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in—both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When her family is struck by tragedy, Daunis puts her dreams on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother’s hockey team.

After Daunis witnesses a shocking murder that thrusts her into a criminal investigation, she agrees to go undercover. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. How far will she go to protect her community if it means tearing apart the only world she’s ever known?

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.

“One of this year's most buzzed about young adult novels.” ―Good Morning America

A TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time Selection
Amazon's Best YA Book of 2021 So Far (June 2021)
A 2021 Kids' Indie Next List Selection
An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Selection
A PopSugar Best March 2021 YA Book Selection

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Angeline Boulley's Firekeeper's Daughter

In her own words

Dear Reader,

There simply are too few stories told by and about Indigenous girls and women, especially from a contemporary viewpoint.

We exist and have dynamic experiences to share beyond history books or stories set long ago.

I have been shaped by a network of strong Anishinaabe Kwewag (Native American women), who may be called auntie, friend, cousin, or nokomis.

My father is a traditional firekeeper, who strikes ceremonial fires at spiritual activities in the tribal community and ensures protocols are followed, while providing cultural teachings through stories told around the fire. He is one of my greatest teachers.

I’m proud of my career in Indian education at the tribal, state, and national levels. Most recently, I was the Director for the Office of Indian Education (OIE) at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, I was my tribe’s Education Director/Assistant Executive Director and served on the Board of Regents at Bay Mills Community College.

I am beyond fortunate to be a full-time author now. Although I currently live in Southwest Michigan, my home will always be Bahweting (the place of the rapids) in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.


- Angeline

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